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Church seeks dialogue with Old Believers on general issues - Metropolitan Kirill

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=3137 01 June 2007, 15:39 Church seeks dialogue with Old Believers on general issues - Metropolitan Kirill St.
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      01 June 2007, 15:39
      Church seeks dialogue with Old Believers on general issues -
      Metropolitan Kirill

      St. Petersburg, June 1, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church
      doesn't have as a goal to mend the rift and return the Old Believers
      to the traditional church's fold, Metropolitan of Smolensk and
      Kaliningrad Kirill told a news conference in St. Petersburg.

      However, the longer this split lasts, the harder it will be to bridge
      it because the Old Believers already have their own cultural
      traditions, he said.

      "Some of them view any suggestion of a unification with the Russian
      Orthodox Church as a challenge to their identity," Metropolitan
      Kirill said, adding that short-term goals include establishing a
      dialogue with the Old Believes on general issues facing Russia.

      "If we manage to formulate a common position on problems of the
      people living in Russia, it will be good. We have not set any
      objectives to quickly bridge this gap. What is important now is
      dialogue with them. God will show us the way then," he said.
      Commenting on the appearance of totalitarian sects in Russia,
      Metropolitan Kirill said that "the situation is less alarming today
      than it was ten years ago."

      "People know more now and they have developed a strong negative
      attitude to any kind of sects. Indeed, today is better than
      yesterday, but tomorrow should be better than today," he said.
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